One of the first things that novice roulette players learn is the subtle but important distinction between ‘American Roulette’ and ‘European Roulette’. If you missed that important ‘lesson’ will give you a quick refresher momentarily. Despite the names, however, it is possible to find ‘American Roulette’ internationally and ‘European Roulette’ in the United States. You just have to know where to look–not only which gaming jurisdiction, not only which casino but know where to look on the actual casino floor.

Of course, one easy way to do it is to just find a player-friendly casino that offers online roulette. It’s a very competitive marketplace and casinos use rules and games advantageous to the player as a ‘unique selling proposition’ relative to other casinos. You’ll likely have no trouble finding an online casino roulette game that offers just the rules and stakes that you’re looking for. Not only is the online marketplace more competitive due to minimal regulation favoring established companies known for big political contributions, but it’s much easier to do your ‘due diligence’ before starting a roulette game. Online casinos also make it very clear which type of games they offer and which rules they use. If it’s not clear to you, the customer service staff can quickly answer your questions.


The difference between American Roulette and European Roulette is simple. Both games use a wheel with 36 numbered spots. The only distinction is that ‘American Roulette’ wheels have two zeros (for a total of 38 spots) and European Roulette has only one zero. Both games have an extensive lineage. The game of roulette has essentially remained the same for centuries. Historians have dated both ‘double zero’ and ‘single zero’ roulette back to the late 1700’s and although the popularity of the game has spread worldwide and ebbed and flowed the 18th century enthusiast would have no problem playing today’s version of the game.

The number of zeros on the wheel is significant since this is where the casino or ‘house’ gains its primary mathematical advantage. The roulette wheel has 36 numbered spots and either one zero for a total of 37 spots or a zero and a ‘double zero’ for a total of 38 spots. The house edge in single zero roulette is 2.7% while the house edge in ‘double zero’ roulette is 5.26%.


Casinos aren’t in the business of making things easy for their players no matter whether they’re located in the United States or in Europe. The list of casinos that offer single zero European roulette is surprisingly small and constantly changing. Typically, its offered by the bigger ‘brand name’ casinos in a gaming jurisdiction. Much in the same way that you can find better paying slots and video poker games in jurisdictions with heavier competition (eg: Las Vegas) the more competitive the marketplace the more likely you are to find a single digit roulette game. Also, in most (but not all) cases you’re not going to find European roulette at the $2 tables. It’s a perk reserved for higher dollar bettors. One famous exception is the nondescript Nevada Palace casino on Boulder Highway outside of Las Vegas. They’ve offered $2 single digit roulette as a promotional gimmick for years.

At last tally, there were only US five gaming jurisdictions outside of Nevada and Atlantic City. Actually, it should be four and sometimes five–Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino will offer European roulette sometimes and not at other times. A number of casinos including the Paris and Golden Nugget offer European wheels at ‘high roller request’. With the exception of the aforementioned Nevada Palace the minimum bet where you can expect to find a European roulette wheel is $25 with quite a few offering it only at $100. Some casinos will only offer it to high rollers on certain days (weekends) or in certain situations.

Worth noting that some of the big casinos in New Jersey that won’t offer it in their land-based properties have no problems doing so in their online properties.